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Be it your first job or for someone with tons of experience, preparing to put your best foot forward on day 1 will always hold you in good staid
Before the joining day, it is recommended that you proactively get in touch with Human Resource manager and get a list of documents that you need to carry with you. In addition having a detailed conversation on the company culture, dressing norms and anything else that you need to come prepared with will help you familiarize yourself. A quick recap of the job description and an assessment of the skill or knowledge gap that you need to work on would help you sharpen your focus during the first few days at work. Reading about the prospective company, profiles of key people industry segment in general and competition will give you an edge.
On the D-day, leave early and give yourself time to get your bearing s right. Rest adequately the previous night to give you all the energy you need to last through the day. As soon as you reach the new workplace, get in touch with Human Resources manager. Check on the induction schedule chartered out for you. In case there isn t anything formally planned, take the initiative to get to know key people. Never take anyone’s time and availability for granted.
During the first few days, tune in with your observations, questioning and listening skills. Be careful not to say or do anything that may antagonize people around you or set the wrong impression.
In most likelihood you will be taken around the workplace and introduced to your colleagues. Take the effort to get to know them a little more than their name and designation. Make sure you meet with your team and immediate manager on day 1.Never hesitate in asking basic questions like how to get your way around the office, the direction to the cafeteria, the extension number of key people that you need to interact with.
You are expected to make all efforts to settle in on day 1 and not really engage in active work. Don t forget to be yourself and have fun!
Jaya Narayan is a alumnus of TISS, Mumbai and has over 15 years of experience in the HR field. Her current interests & engagements include behavioural assessments, HR in startups, behavioural training, writing, and blogging. read more...
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